If you’ve got a cat or dog, especially a young one, you know just how curious they can be. Especially in a new home where they are still getting their bearings. When considering buying a new home, you should keep your pals in mind. Pets can make messes or get into things when left unattended. With some thoughtful planning, you can make it an easy transition for your entire family.
Pets are excellent companions and become a huge part of many families. They’re so much fun to have around. Keep reading to learn how you can pet-proof your home room by room.
Your living room is typically one of the most decorated rooms in your home. But when you have pets (namely dogs), you should keep candles, potpourri, or other scents that an animal may be attracted to. If you have cats, think about which fabrics they have access to. When you aren’t home, cats will likely get their claws into everything, even with tons of toys at their disposal. Go for sturdy fabrics that can withstand claws, and make sure your cat has a scratching post.
If your front door is off of your living area, be sure to keep the door closed to keep your pets safe. Pet gates have even become more decorative these days if you need to fence off your companion when you can’t keep an eye on them.
Depending on how curious your pets are, you may want to opt for child latches on drawers. You don’t want them to be able to get to cleaning products under the sink or the garbage can. Any fruit bowls, flowers, or other decors on countertops and tables can be knocked down by curious pets looking for a snack. If you have cats, you know that sometimes they can be devious and see knocking things down as a game, and the kitchen is full of opportunity.
If you’ve owned dogs, you’ve probably had the unfortunate sight of them trying to drink from the toilet. To avoid this, start to build the habit of keeping the lid closed when not in use. It may be cute or funny once, but you don’t want your pet getting used to drinking from the toilet. Just like in the kitchen, you want to make sure that countertops and other surfaces aren’t full of lotion, soap, or makeup. If anything smells good to an animal, a dog, especially, may eat it and get sick.
You want to have an outdoor space with a dog that they can enjoy because you can’t be at the dog park 24/7. Before letting your buddy go wild in your yard, you want to make sure that it’s safe. Remove sharp objects, branches, and more. If there is a fence, make sure that it’s solid and doesn’t have space for your pet to escape. Lastly, make sure that there aren’t any toxic plants in your yard if you don’t recognize anything. The ASPCA has a list of plants to help guide you.
If you’re an experienced pet owner, you’ve probably thought of many of these things already. But it’s good to put together a checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything. A new home is exciting, and you want to make it as comfortable as possible for your pets.